A Russian crosses the line: A different kind of North Korean defection | NK News
June 23, 2024
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A Russian crosses the line: A different kind of North Korean defection

1984 incident remains one of most bloody in history of two Koreas’ only meeting point

Everyone who visits Panmunjom, the small village which hosts the Joint Security Area (JSA), talks about the strange atmosphere at the only place where soldiers from North and South Korea face each other.

Since 1953, both countries have chosen their fittest and tallest troops to guard the line which symbolizes the divide of the peninsula and the ongoing stalemate between the DPRK and the ROK.

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